Gay GOP activist considers primary against Sen. Lindsey Graham

March 11, 2013

Bruce Carroll, a founder of the top gay Republican group GOProud, announced Monday that he will resign his position at the group to consider a primary challenge to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in 2014.


Carroll, who is also a blogger at GayPatriot.net, was recently elected vice chairman of the group.

"In the spirit of transparency and honesty, I informed my fellow GOProud board members that I could not dedicate the time to the organization while I seriously considered the effort it will take to challenge Sen. Graham in the 2014 primary," Carroll said in a blog post. He added: "Over the next few weeks, I will be studying the resources, time and effort it would take to do my part in holding Lindsey Graham accountable for his voting record and his attitude toward the voters in South Carolina."

Here's the whole post.

Carroll has served in elective office before, having won a borough council seat in Pennsylvania at the age of 21, according to his Web site. He worked in Pennsylvania GOP politics for years, but has since moved to South Carolina. After co-founding GOProud in 2009, he became its vice chairman a year ago.

Graham is seen as one of the most likely targets of the tea party wing of the GOP in the 2014 primaries, owing largely to his work in attempting to broker bipartisan legislation on illegal immigration.

Other potential challengers include state Sen. Lee Bright and the co-owner of a popular South Carolina political blog, Nancy Mace, whose name surfaced over the weekend.

This post initially included state Sen. Tom Davis as a potential Graham challenger. Davis has said he will not seek the seat.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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